AWL having come to its conclusion and the commencement of the refreshing 2v2 tournament organized by TeD, we still have a ton of excitement, even though GCS is now over. Read the gazette below to get yourself up-to-date!
The AfreecaTV Warcraft3 League Season 2 is a tournament sponsored by the Korean broadcasting platform Afreeca TV in collaboration with NicegameTV, and played on the NetEase-servers. It is the successor to NWL.
It's an invitational event, 16 players join in; half of them Chinese, the other half Korean.
TH000 once again confirmed his capability to defeat Moon, though it was not without breaking a sweat, ending the match 3-2.
In the grand finale, TH000 got beaten by LawLiet, who had an impressive showing. Although TH000 tried to hard counter LawLiet's Warden on the last map with Mountain King and Bloodmage, LawLiet prevailed and took the match - and thereby the tournament - with a 4-2 victory.
Moon ended on a third place after beating Lyn for it.
The Group Stage has slowly been unfolding during the last week. Especially two Chinese teams stand out: 120 / XiaoKK (3-0) and Yumiko / WFZ (2-0).
Although Yumiko and WFZ had been looking a tad shaky in their victories (both ending 2-1), they can justify it, having faced very strong opponents already: Fly / Zhou_xixi and Lucifer / ReminD.
Having now won 18 of the last 24 Gera Cups, this week's victor take yet another Gera Cup first place. You guessed it; it is Happy!
This week he faced off against FoCuS in the Grand Finale and beat him 3-2.
Having won all the maps in which he used Pit Lord, it may perhaps be about time we see a nerf coming Pit Lord's way?
Congratulations to Happy for taking the 1st place once again!
German streamer Marsimoo hosts the weekly MooCup, which is always an interesting watch. Especially when, like this week, the format is random hero + random race, where we get to see the (mainly European) top players handle the craziest hero and race combinations.
With regulars such as Foggy and Sonik not attending this week, it was up to Hawk give the favourite, Happy, a run for his money.
In the first round, Imperius got lucky and got to play Human, his first hero being Panda, the second Priestess of the Moon. In typical fashion he dispatched LexBG with his rifleman push. In the second round, however, he was less lucky and got beaten by Hawk, who was clearly in good shape.
OrcWorker is another a regular, but his early pressure with Human/Shadow Hunter against Sheik (playing Night Elf) didn't pay off, and Sheik's dryad bear army supported by Farseer/Paladin got rid of his exe easily, dropping Worker in the second round already.
In the semifinals, Happy won a quick 2-0 against Lucifer, despite them playing an Undead mirror the second game. The other semifinals were decided between Cash' mass abomination with Shadow Hunter and Mountain King against Hawk's mass rifles with Shadow Hunter and Blood Mage. Hawk managed to keep the SH and MK low on mana, and kited the abo army across the map, killing them piecemeal.
Hawk's luck ran out in the Finals against Happy, however. In the first game, Hawk appeared to be more lucky with his hero, getting the Warden, but when Happy's Crypt Lord caught up with her, he tapped out after a short game. The second game was a Night Elf mirror on Echo Isles, with Happy getting the better hero, namely the Naga Sea Witch against Hawk's Firelord. The Naga with mass dryad proved enough to kill the squishy hero and his army, landing Happy another MooCup (and the €25,- prize pool)!